Chattanooga, Tennessee: The Incline

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Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

Address:
3917 St. Elmo Ave., Chattanooga, TN
Directions:
Lookout Mountain Incline Railway. South edge of the city. Drive south on US Hwy 41/Broad St. Bear left at the stoplight onto Hwy 17/Tennessee Ave. Drive a half-mile. You'll see the Incline parking lot on the right.
Hours:
M-F 9-6, Sa-Su 9-7 (Call to verify)
Phone:
423-821-4224
Admission:
$15 ride. $2 park
RA Rates:
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Incline Railway.

The Incline
Funicular railway opened as an attraction in 1895. It's like riding an elevator up the side of a mountain, on a train. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/06/2017]

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Incline Railway.

Incline Railway

The incline tickets can be purchased with other local attractions for discounted rates. The incline can be boarded at the bottom (st. Elmo area) or at the top of lookout mountain. There is parking meters at the top. Children 3 and under free. They have a gift shop with fudge and chocolates, concession stands, and more.

[Sheri Coleman, 08/05/2016]

The Incline.

Incline Railway

In Chattanooga for the day so we decided to visit the Incline. Be prepared to pay $2 to park and $15 for a round trip adult ticket. We have ridden the Duquesne incline in Pittsburgh so we knew what to expect. Although it was longer, The Incline was much more pricey. The trip up the mountain becomes steeper as you go and goes on for a mile. You can't see all the way down the track to the bottom while in the rail car because of the heavy foliage, which scrapes the sides of the car and hangs over the track at some points. Once you get to the summit, you can visit the observation deck for a beautiful view of Chattanooga.

I would recommend the ride for train enthusiasts, history buffs and those that want to enjoy the beautiful view without a lot of walking. Otherwise, try Rock City instead. It's a few more dollars but if you are able to do the walking, you get to see and do so much more.

[PA Travel Mom, 06/05/2015]

There's a combo ticket available with some savings for those interested in seeing three attractions: Incline Railway, Rock City and Ruby Falls.

Incline Railroad.

The Incline

It is $48 (2015) for a ticket to ride the Incline train plus go to Ruby Falls and Rock City. If you are going to go....do all three. All are very unique in their own way.

[Denise Martin, 04/16/2015]
Incline Railway

We enjoyed several attractions on Lookout Mountain, but did not understand how the "Combination Ticket" worked. If we bought a ticket at the Incline railway station and it included entrance to "Rock City" and "Ruby Falls," (Cavern), we made the assumption that at the top of the Incline, we'd be at Rock City and Ruby Falls. When we actually got to the peak to find nothing but a great view, we were very disappointed.

Got back on the Incline RR for the trip down, got back in our car and drove up to the top and worked our way to Rock City. Later, half way down Lookout Mountain, we went to Ruby Falls.

All the attractions were "worth it," but if we knew the ropes, we probably would have just driven to Rock City.

[Rick, 06/14/2010]

Nearby Offbeat Places

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Ruby FallsRuby Falls, Chattanooga, TN - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Church Civil War Dinner Theater, Whitwell, TN - 17 mi.

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